Benefits of Going Green in your Business [Infographic]

Every business can see financial benefits from being environmentally conscious, thanks to both savings in your operating costs and consumer goodwill. When customers see that a company is sustainable or otherwise committed to ethical choices, 66% of them are willing to pay more for their products and services.

But saving the planet has immediate financial benefits, too. For example, reducing and optimizing your use of paper goods, as well as recycling the products you must use, helps your budget and your planet.

You can also save money by lowering your electricity use, and since idle electronics consume the annual output of 12 power plants, you’ll be doing the planet a big favor. And when you offer employees the opportunity to work from home, carpool, or use alternative transportation, you’ll see a reduction in commute-related stress and an increase in productivity.

As you make your company more environmentally friendly, let your customers know about your efforts. Support your changes with marketing and define the social purpose of your brand.

Your business can make a positive impact on the environment with a just a few simple changes. With these changes come a healthier reputation, lower operating costs, and a better bottom line.

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Allergy Friendly Home [Infographic]

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Keeping your home free from allergy and asthma triggers is one of the most important steps in controlling allergy symptoms. AllergyCosmos put this infographic together to show you how you can create a healthier home for you and your family.

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Eco-fashion [Infographic]

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Many name brand companies are incorporating eco-fashion into their lines by producing their clothing using methods that create a minimal carbon footprint without the use of harmful or synthetic chemicals. From Adidas apparel made with bionic yard, a textile made from plastic debris in the sea, to Burberry’s sustainable cotton program in Peru—explore which brands are leading the way into the green garment movement by positively impacting the environment.

Eco-friendly clothing is categorized into two types, natural organic fibers and recycled fibers. Natural fibers include cotton, hemp, bamboo, and soy. Whereas recycled fibers can be made from natural recycled fibers, plastic, and wool. Explore these different fibers and the process used to produce each of them.

Cost Comparison: LEDs vs Traditional Halogen Lighting [Infographic]

Originally posted by Chris Horridge on Expert Electrical
Thank you Brit for sharing!

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Save energy and keep you hands warm – The “Green Laboratory Program” at the University of Washington

Hello again. Today I’d like to continue our series about how to be eco-friendly in a laboratory. Remember last weeks post about the initiative at the Simon Fraser University? Here’s another university promoting green laboratories: the University of Washington. Besides the Green Office, Green Greek (“acknowledges and educates Greek community members about their habits at home relating to sustainability”) and “SEED Green Endorsement” (recognising UW students living on campus and off, who are thoughtful about the impact of their daily life on the environment), it has the Green Laboratory Program, which I’ll introduce here now in more detail, i.e. especially the Freezer Challenge.

As pointed out on their website, “Laboratories are one of the main generators of waste …”. So true. Working in a molecular biology lab, I’v thrown away a lot of consumables every day – all the reaction vials called Eppis, all the disposable pipette tips, transfer pipets, micro plates, … – it’s simply the way, it’s the way they are supposed to be used: just once. And then you throw them away.

But leaving this aspect aside for the moment (more about this in a later post), there’s another factor with a huge impact on the environment: the energy consumption of a laboratory. I didn’t know that a lab is “using about 4 times more energy than an office of the same size”. Wow. But giving it some thought, I absolutely believe it because there’s a lot of equipment running from morning to evening or even 24h. Of course, some equipment has to run permanently, such as the various incubators, fridges and freezers. After all, your freezer at home also runs 24/7, doesn’t it? But – and here’s an important difference – your freezer at home probably got a good Energy Star rating. Why? Let’s be honest: because it’s you who’s paying the electricity bill and getting one of those A+++ fridges is one one way to save money, isn’t it?

I know, we’re back talking about money and not just about saving the environment. My feeling is that you can’t avoid this connection – there’s simply a strong link between them. Anyway, why not use saving money as a strong motivation to be more eco friendly? In the laboratory, it’s the university who’s paying the bills. But if you care about it anyway and help them to reduce their energy bill:

a) you’ve done something good for the planet and
b) you might get more money for your research – at least, you’d very much hope, that’s where the saved money ends up.

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